the kingdom of heaven is a party, part 3

Thank you for your patience. I am walking us through this story in Matthew 22 very slowly. In fact, we are taking a week. Why? Because it is a story that can easily be misunderstood. I mean, you read this, “The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their […]

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the kingdom of heaven is a party, part 2

Yesterday, we read that Jesus started telling a story about a wedding party for a king’s son. The party was ready and the king sent out servants to tell people that it was time to start. It was the phone call that says, “we are ready to start.” The invitees refused to come. So the […]

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the kingdom of heaven is a party, part 1

I need to be accurate and say, while I believe that to be true, that’s not exactly what Jesus says in Matthew 22.  He says that the kingdom of heaven is like a king who planned a wedding reception for his son. Right from the start, Jesus connects with his audience. For the people who […]

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Jakov and the pearl

Jakov was a man with a passion. He knew pearls. He had spent his whole life looking at pearls, looking for pearls. He could tell where they came from. He could tell what they were worth. Jakov knew what it was like to walk away from a deal because the seller wasn’t being honest. He […]

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How much do you want it?

The kingdom of God is about desire. That’s what Jesus said. Well, not in those words, exactly. Instead, he told a couple stories about acting on desire. He said the kingdom of heaven is like a man who was walking through a field and found a box of treasure. Okay, maybe he wasn’t walking through, […]

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